Victoria is one of the most bushfire prone areas in the world.

The 2019-2020 Black Summer bushfire saw over 1.5 million hectares of Victoria burnt, resulting in the tragic loss of life, devastating impacts to homes, property and livelihoods and the environment on a scale seldom seen in Victoria.

In the Victorian Government response to recommendations made in the Inspector-General for Emergency Management’s (IGEM) Inquiry into the 2019-2020 Victorian fire season phase 1 report and the Victorian Auditor General’s Office (VAGO) Reducing Bushfire Risks audit, the government accepted that land and fire agencies need to improve how they communicate and engage with communities and stakeholders about living with bushfire risk.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) in collaboration with the Country Fire Authority (CFA) and other fire agencies, is committed to engaging with the community on how to improve the understanding of bushfire management activities shared by government, agencies, and individuals.

We are working across government, agencies, non-government organisations and with communities to deliver reforms that will continue to improve the way we prepare for and manage bushfires.

Find out more information about our work at Forest Fire Management Victoria.

How to participate

Hearing from you will help us shape the program of reform across a range of issues and topics. We will include any digital engagement opportunities here so that you can choose where you want your voice to be heard.

We will keep this page updated as more information becomes available and you will be able to register for updates across the whole program or for the individual project engagements that you are interested in.

Next steps

For each project we will be clear about why we are engaging and how you can influence the outcome. We will keep you updated with progress and let you know how we have used the information you provide.

Get involved now

We are seeking your input to help us better understand the community's needs and preferences for bushfire risk information, to support risk understanding. This includes working with communities to develop simpler performance measures for fuel management, what we can do to reduce bushfire risk and developing guiding principles across the whole of bushfire sector.

Contact Us

Have questions or want to learn more contact us:

Name Community Partnership and Engagement Support Team
Email engagement@delwp.vic.gov.au
Website www.delwp.vic.gov.au